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Easy 1 Minute Instant Pot Quinoa

With just one minute on the pressure cook cycle, you can enjoy delicious, fluffy quinoa from your Instant Pot!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 3 cups
Author: Katie Clack


  • Instant Pot multi cooker


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 tbsp minced shallot
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • nonstick spray


  • Rinse the quinoa thoroughly in a colander, drain well.
  • Spray the inside of the pressure cooker lightly with nonstick spray.
  • Add the quinoa, shallot, garlic, salt and pepper to pressure cooker.
  • Add 1 cup of filtered water to the quinoa mixture in the pressure cooker.
  • Secure lid, making sure to turn the pressure dial on the top to "SEAL".
  • Select the "Pressure Cook button" and set timer to 1 minute.
  • Once the 1 minute timer has elapsed, wait for an additional 7 minutes. Then manually release the pressure by turning the knob on the lid from "SEAL" to "VENT", by using a hot pad or dish towel to protect your skin from the hot steam that will be released.
  • Fluff the quinoa with a fork and then spread out on a cookie sheet to cool before storing.


  • I can't stress enough how careful you need to be when releasing the pressure from your cooker.  I usually throw a dish towel over the entire unit and turn the knob so that the steam stays trapped underneath, and my kitchen windows don't fog up.
  • You can easily double or triple all the ingredients and you'll still get great results.  Just don't use less than the 1 cup of quinoa and 1 cup of water, otherwise there won't be enough liquid to cover the bottom of the pot to cook evenly.
  • I include aromatics like shallot and garlic in this recipe, but that's totally optional.  You can also add fresh thyme or rosemary for a pop of flavor.  For extra richness, swap out the water for chicken stock.